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Championing art in the community: Made in Roath 2012

Laura Chamberlain

Cardiff arts festival Made in Roath returns today for the fourth time, celebrating one of the most artistic communities in the capital city.

Made in Roath showcases the work of both emerging and already established artists, makers, musicians, writers and performers.

The festival takes art out of the ordinary settings of galleries and makes use of a myriad of spaces to highlight the range of contemporary artwork being created in the area.

These range from cafes and open houses to shop windows, community gardens, parks and recreation grounds, churches, artist studios and basements. You can even see abstract paintings, by artist Stevie Stabbers, in the toilets of The Crofts pub in Croft Street.

Stevie Stabbers' abstract paintings at The Crofts pub. Photo: Dave Daggers

A large programme of free family workshops, including silent movie making, script writing, flower arranging, lindy hop dancing and digital photography with Ffotogallery, mean that art lovers of all ages can get involved.

Meanwhile, first year broadcast students from Glamorgan University will be taking to the airwaves, on radioRoath, to present a daily show throughout the festival.

This year’s event also ventures into Cardiff’s city centre for the first time. Made in Roath will occupy an empty shop space in Queens Arcade for the duration of the festival, with the aim of taking performance art to the public and passing shoppers.

The project is called Hand of Roath, and planned events include a pop-up poetry booth, live music and an installation by artist Sara Rees called DEMOCRACY.

Paint the park workshop at Made in Roath 2011. Photo: Dave Daggers. Another paint the park workshop will take place this year on Saturday 20 October at Roath Park

This year's Open Exhibition will run at The Gate Arts Centre. An integral part of each festival so far, the majority of works in the exhibition are made by the residents of Roath, or people who have a connection with the area.

The exhibition "embraces the notion of absolute inclusivity", as every artwork that was submitted to the organisers will be on display, showcasing the talents of local artists of all ages and abilities.

Additional exhibitions during the festival will be taking place at venues such as the Skittle Gallery at The Crofts pub, the Milkwood Gallery, g39, St Martins Church and Milgi.

The Made in Roath Open Exhibition in 2011. Photo: Dave Daggers

Other highlights of the festival include Moving Words, an initiative to put art on public transport in Wales - starting with poetry on the buses - and an event called Nocturne in CF24.

Dubbed a "night time art trail of sound and light based artworks, interventions and nocturnal happenings," it will include a talk from Paranormal Wales and a Requiem Mass for Cardiff’s lost architecture sung by Cor Cyfoes.

Made in Roath runs from today, Friday 12 October, until Sunday 21 October. For more information and to download the Made in Roath 2012 brochure visit

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